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What Dementia Teaches Us About Love

What Dementia Teaches Us About Love

Dementia is an unmaking, a de-creation - an apocalypse of meaning. Since my father's slow-motion dying, and his actual death in November 2014, I have been much preoccupied with dementia: by those who have it, by those who look after them, by the hospital wards whose beds are occu... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780241347454
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Published 16 April 2019 by Penguin
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gerrard, Nicci
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ISBN-13 9780241347454
ISBN-10 0241347459
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Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Allen Lane
Publication Date 16 April 2019
International Publication Date 4 April 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gerrard, Nicci
Category Sociology: Family & Relationships
Death & Dying: Social Aspects
Illness & Addiction: Social Aspects
Euthanasia
Equal Opportunities
The Self, Ego, Identity, Personality
Neurology & Clinical Neurophysiology
Coping With Illness
Self-Help & Practical Interests
Number of Pages 272
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 222mm
Spine: 27mm
Weight 392g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Dementia - Social aspects
NBS Text Social Issues, Services & Welfare
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 616.831
Catalogue Code 972340

Description of this Book

Dementia is an unmaking, a de-creation - an apocalypse of meaning. Since my father's slow-motion dying, and his actual death in November 2014, I have been much preoccupied with dementia: by those who have it, by those who look after them, by the hospital wards whose beds are occupied by those in advanced stages of this self-loss, by the way society denies it, by the science of it, the art and literature about it, the philosophy, by what it means to be human, to have an identity. What is it to be oneself, and what is it to lose one's self. Who are we when we are not ourselves, and where do we go? This is a book about dementia - not a personal account, but an exploration, structured around this radically-slowed death. Full of people's stories, both sad and optimistic, it is a journey into the dusk and then the darkness - and then out on to the other side, where, once someone is dead, a life can be seen whole again.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Nicci Gerrard's elegant, meditative & thoughtful writing - about the nature of dementia, about ageing, about compassion and about how we can all make a difference to the experience of those suffering from this devastating illness - is exceptional. Essential reading about love, life and care -- Kate Mosse * author of Labyrinth * Nicci Gerrard not only writes beautifully and with humanity about dementia, but has had the remarkable drive to launch a campaign that is improving the hospital care of those with this soul destroying condition -- Nicholas Timmins
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

As well as being a novelist, Nicci Gerrard is a journalist, a campaigner and a humanist celebrant. In 2016 she won the Orwell Prize for Journalism, for 'Exposing Britain's Social Evils', for a piece exploring the 'language' of dementia. Following her father's terrible final year and his death in November 2014, she and her friend Julia Jones founded John's Campaign, which insists that the carers of people with dementia have the same right as parents of sick children to accompany them when in hospital. The campaign, which seeks to make care for those who are vulnerable and powerless more compassionate, began in a kitchen but is now a national movement, recognised by NHS policy makers, by charities, by nurses and doctors and carers. Four hundred hospitals have already signed up to the campaign.

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